How to Successfully Handle Toxic People

Winners know how to avoid toxic behavior and manage toxic people in their lives.

Toxic behavior has become an epidemic. It seems like everywhere I go, there are at least a handful of negative people in a room. You can spot them from a mile away because they all seem to have the same miserable look on their faces. They’re often sarcastic, rude, and closed-minded. They have a negative… Read more »

Why You Aren’t a Leader Yet and How to Become One

What you need to do differently and how to grow if you want to become a leader.

  The world is full of great ideas and resources for making them happen. What’s missing is effective leaders who can take these ideas, leverage the resources available to them, and organize people to make big things happen. The world needs more finishers and high achievers who follow the habits of highly confident people and… Read more »

17 Things You Should Quit Doing to be More Successful

Quit the bad habits that are preventing you from becoming a winner.

  Winners follow leaders and people with successful track records. They copy those who have done what they want to do so they too can be more successful.  Winners aren’t necessarily better than you. They just do things differently. If you aren’t where you want to be, there are probably things in your life that… Read more »

10 Leadership Traits that Every Great Leader Needs

The best qualities you'll find in the best leaders and how you can use them in your own life.

When you sit back to think about widely known leaders, who comes to mind? Does Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey pop in your head? From the past, what about Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill or Nelson Mandela? Does the current Pope Francis sneak in? Surely, Martin Luther King Jr. came to mind. What Great Leaders Have… Read more »

Maximum Motivation: How to Get It and Keep It

How to leverage success stories–the most powerful force for motivation

Everyone knows motivation is the key to success. When you are excited, motivated, staying positive, and looking forward to what you have to do, then you are setting yourself up for getting the results you want. But we all live in an imperfect world. Things pop up on a daily basis that get us off… Read more »

The Best Leaders Have The Best Systems

How winners accomplish big and important things

Leaders are difference makers. They are catalysts who make positive things happen with available people, ideas, and resources. Which is why the world judges leaders first on what they actually accomplish, not the quality of their ideas or the strength of their vision. Strategy is important, innovation is important. But in the long run, a leader has… Read more »

Why Strong Relationships Matter

3 tactics to power up your best assets.

Relationship problems can kill your progress in life. On the flip side, strong relationships give you  power and reduce the number of problems you face overall. None of us will travel a completely smooth road in life. Things go wrong and put our world in a spin.  Usually the first thing we do is reach out… Read more »

Great Teams Have One Thing in Common

Coach for it and watch your team grow from good to great.

The type of team doesn’t matter—business, professional sports, volunteers, Fantasy Football. The type of industry you’re in doesn’t matter. The size of the team doesn’t matter. To be great, any team needs just one thing: a high percentage of star players. All good teams have at least a few stars—the serial winners. All great teams… Read more »

4 Non-negotiables for Winning Leadership

The keys to making big things happen with your team.

Winning leaders are people who make positive things happen. For me, that’s the definition of leadership. If you aren’t making things happen with your team, you’re just running a social club. Benjamin Hooks, a civil rights leader and the former head of the NAACP, once said, “If you think you are leading and turn around… Read more »

How to Spot a Winner Early On

Good employees are easy to spot if you know what to look for.

If you have a business to run, you need to find good employees who can make a contribution right away. Of course they’ll need training before they reach maximum effectiveness, but they need to be able to add some kind of productive value to the team right from the start. Winners may start off barely… Read more »